Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-CA), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has confirmed that House Republicans will be holding President Joe Biden to his own standard regarding the classified documents discovered in his residence and former office.
During a Monday appearance on Newsmax’s “John Bachman Now,” Kiley declared that Congress will hold Biden to his own stated standard of taking classified documents seriously — and will search “anywhere that they may be found.”
“People know I take classified documents, classified information seriously,” Biden said during a press event in Mexico City in early January, where he was reacting to the news of the first batch of classified documents being discovered in his old office.
Responding to the classified documents scandal, Kiley noted that there were “a lot of questions to be asked.”
“At this point, we need to hold Joe Biden to his own standard — he says that he takes classified documents seriously,” he added, condemning Biden’s “pattern of classified documents sort of appearing essentially all of the places that he’s been.”
“If we’re going to hold him to that standard of taking classified documents seriously, then we need to have a comprehensive search of anywhere that they may be found based upon this pattern that continues to develop,” Kiley argued.
The FBI recently conducted a search of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, residence, seeking classified documents. They found six “items” containing classified documents during the search.
More #ClassifiedDocuments documents found in Biden’s possession! Not “six documents” as some media outlets are falsely reporting. Six “items” containing classified documents. This crafty legalese could mean six boxes with 500 documents. Who knows? Still no FBI raid on Biden!
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 22, 2023
Several batches of classified documents had already been discovered in multiple locations at the residence, along with one additional batch discovered in Biden’s old office at the Penn-Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
While the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed Biden’s attorneys to conduct the initial searches, they finally decided to step up and search for themselves this time. Meanwhile, when former President Donald Trump had classified documents stored in a locked room in his Mar-a-Lago home that was protected by Secret Service agents, the FBI conducted a controversial raid that Trump’s attorneys weren’t even allowed to watch.
Kiley also argued that it was the Biden administration “that decided that classified documents were such a serious matter that they conducted a pre-election raid on his political opponent” — referring to Trump, who announced a few months after the raid that he was running for president again in 2024, though it was already clear to many that he intended to run even before the raid of his home, and thus was Biden’s chief rival.
The Republican congressman then pointed out that Biden’s mishandling of classified documents was known even before the 2022 midterm elections — as the first batch of documents was reportedly discovered on November 2 — yet the White House and the Department of Justice kept it a “secret.”
“There’s a lot of questions to be asked, and I fully expect that the Judiciary Committee is going to resume the proper oversight function of the legislative branch,” he added.
Kiley went on to call out Biden for his “pattern” of “simply refusing to accept responsibility for his conduct,” and vowed that the Republican-controlled House will do things differently.
“He says he has no regrets,” the California Republican said, pointing out that despite that claim, Biden has handled the classified documents issue “exactly the wrong way.”
“We need a check and balance,” Kiley continued.
“Now we’re back in session tomorrow,” he added, referring to Congress. “Things are going to start moving very quickly, and I think it’s going to look a lot different than it has the last two years.”
"No regrets" over classified documents. A "secure" border. "Zero" inflation. Recession denialism.
Welcome to the Biden Administration. pic.twitter.com/4UJxHMfiSb
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) January 24, 2023
“We’re going to do the hard work of actually getting to the bottom of the facts and seeing where they lead,” Kiley asserted. “We’re going to get to the facts and we’re going to give the American people the information they deserve.”